Military Pensioner Rolls
Jefferson County, NY
Lewis County, NY
Pensioner Names Indexed Alphabetically
This collection is derived from three major sources: the 1835 Pension Roll, the 1841 Pensioner Census, and the 1883 Pension Roll. Only those portions of the lists pertaining to Jefferson and Lewis Counties, NY were extracted.
Note: Some entries reflect "Conflict" as unk (unknown). For those entries we have not completed the verification of service for which the pension was granted. Service for Revolutionary War and War of 1812 related pensioneers is indicated in cooperation with the Daughters of the American Revolution and US Daughters of 1812. Civil War service is based our research.
1835 Pension Roll
The List of Pensioners was published under of the act of May 15, 1828, as taken from the rolls in the Treasury and was required by resolution of the Senate of March 3, 1835, and of the Pensioners United States as required by resolutions of Senate of June 5 and 30, 1835. Jefferson County and Lewis County portions of Vol. II (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia) are contained in the list. A digital copy of this volume is available on Google Books. Each state is broken down into two major categories: Invalid Pensioners and Pensioners and is organized by county within each of those categories.
While the majority of pensioners served in the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 veterans were eligible for an Invalid Pension.
Pensioner Census of 1841
The 1841 Census of Pensioners, Revolutionary and Military Services was originally compiled by the federal government from the 1840 U.S. Federal Census, which required enumerators (census takers) to list the names and ages of Revolutionary War and other federal military service pensioners in households.
The 1840 Federal Census did not include names other than those of military pensioners and heads of household. All other household members were enumerated numerically with each household member categorized by race, sex and free/slave status and the totals for each category entered by the enumerator in the appropriate column.
Of note the pension status was not verified at the Federal level and thus may not be an accurate reflection of the individual actually having an approved pension.
Pension Roll of 1883
The List of Pensioners on the Roll was published in response to the Senate resolution of December 8, 1882. It included the name of each pensioner, the cause for which pensioned, the post office address, the rate of pension per month, and the date of the original allowance. The majority of pensioners are based on service in the Civil War; however, widows and survivors of the War of 1812 were included.